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29.03.2018 - Music - Here are clips from our music performances! Can you hear how some of the children are singing different parts in the song? Very clever, well done children!

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27.03.2018 - We had an amazing turnout for our Express sessions this afternoon. Thank you parents! The children were so proud to share their learning with you all.

26.03.2018 - Preparation for our parents is well underway...

23.03.2018 - Art - Amazing volcano art work from all of our Year 3 children this week!

22.03.2018 - Now it's time to create a plan of action for the people of Edinburgh!

22.03.2018 - Cornerstones Innovate - Arthur's Seat in Edinburgh is the site of an extinct volcano 🌋. The children are preparing for it's imminent eruption! Here they are building temporary shelters after the evacuation...

21.03.2018 - RE - We had a very informative visit to Guru Nanak Gurdwara in Sparkhill today to learn about a Sikh place of worship.

19.03.2018 - Love to Investigate - The children were learning about magnetism today. They tested different types of magnets to see which one was the strongest. Then they learnt that magnets have two poles and that they can attract and repel other magnets and objects with iron in them.

15.03.2018 - Collective Worship - Following the sad passing of Professor Stephen Hawking, the children learnt about a truly inspirational man. These are their responses. 

"He will be remembered for his discoveries and his courage." Muzamel

"He was a world famous scientist. He was paralysed by a disease called Motor Neurone Disease." Yacub

"He couldn't communicate and had a mobility problem which meant he had to work extra hard." Safah 

He blinked to navigate his computer and that's how he was able to communicate." Syed 

13.03.2018 - Dance

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We are developing the characters in our Matilda dances. Now we have Matilda who is happy, Mr Wormwood who is skittish, and Miss Honey who is calm and lovely. Can you tell which part of our dance portrays which character?
13.03.2018 - PSHE - How does food make you feel? For most of us it is used as part of a celebration or as a reward.

12.03.2018 - RE - We have been learning about the Jewish festival of Passover whilst continuing our current disposition 'Remembering Roots'. They drew Sedar plates and looked at what is served on them.

12.03.2018 - RE - We have been learning about the Jewish festival of Passover whilst continuing our current disposition 'Remembering Roots'. They drew Sedar plates and looked at what is served on them. 1
12.03.2018 - RE - We have been learning about the Jewish festival of Passover whilst continuing our current disposition 'Remembering Roots'. They drew Sedar plates and looked at what is served on them. 2
12.03.2018 - RE - We have been learning about the Jewish festival of Passover whilst continuing our current disposition 'Remembering Roots'. They drew Sedar plates and looked at what is served on them. 3

09.03.2018 - Happy Mother's Day

09.03.2018 - Happy Mother's Day 1

09.03.2018 - Well done 3B for your St David's Day assembly!

09.03.2018 - Well done 3B for your St David's Day assembly! 1
09.03.2018 - Well done 3B for your St David's Day assembly! 2

08.03.2018 - Cornerstones was very interesting today! We learnt about how the Earth is made out of different layers.

08.03.2018 - Cornerstones was very interesting today! We learnt about how the Earth is made out of different layers. 1

08.03.2018 - Collective Worship - Holi is a Hindu festival of light.

07.03.2018 - Look at our wonderful stone sculptures in the style of artist Andy Goldsworthy. Can you tell what they are?

06.03.2018 - RE - Remembering Roots is our current disposition and we have started off by thinking of how we keep memories that are not photographic.

06.03.2018 - RE - Remembering Roots is our current disposition and we have started off by thinking of how we keep memories that are not photographic. 1

05.03.2018 - No Outsiders - This week for PSHE we thought about how our No Outsiders ethos means that everyone is welcome at our school.

05.03.2018 - No Outsiders - This week for PSHE we thought about how our No Outsiders ethos means that everyone is welcome at our school. 1

1.3.2018 - We loved our visit to the library to read and share books today as part of our World Book Day 2018 experiences.

Well done for making your volcano models for your home learning projects. Come on Year 3, let's get some more models to show everyone!

28.02.2018 - Our memorable experience was a visit to Pompeii! We travelled back in time to 79 AD when Mount Vesuvius erupted and destroyed the Roman city of Pompeii using Now-Press-Play. It was a great start to our new Cornerstones topic Tremors.

27.02.2018 - RE - We have been thinking about how we remember things that are special to us. The children thought about memories that are not recorded with photographs.

16.02.2018 - Music - Three Little Birds by Bob Marley

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14.02.2018 - Mathematics - doing our anchor task using money.

14.02.2018 - PE - Gymnastics has been about learning how to do controlled balancing.

14.02.2018 - We had great fun in our gymnastics warm-up today playing a game called Leaping Ladders!

13.02.2018 - Scrumdiddlyumptious pizzas were fun to design and make to end our topic. We invited guest judges to choose a winner from each class. The pizzas were judged according to appearance and taste.

13.02.2018 - PSHE - What does the STOP hand mean? Several Times On Purpose. A bully isn't a person who does something bad or unkind to you. A bully is a person who does unkind things to you regularly.

12.02.2018 - Science - Love to Investigate - We are testing the '5 second' rule to find out if it ever safe to eat food that has been dropped on the floor...

12.02.2018 - Painting our fruity sculptures at last! Can you tell what they are now?

12.02.2018 - RE - This week we were trying to think of why it is important to tell the truth.

12.02.2018 - RE - This week we were trying to think of why it is important to tell the truth. 1
12.02.2018 - RE - This week we were trying to think of why it is important to tell the truth. 2
12.02.2018 - RE - This week we were trying to think of why it is important to tell the truth. 3
09.02.2018 - Winter Olympics Day - the children enjoyed learning about South Africa and decorated flags. They found out about snowboarding and designed their own snowboards. Some children volunteered to go outside in the snow and the rain to help the school 'cycle to London' by cycling around the arena 25 times each! Well done everyone for fantastic team spirit!

08.02.2018 - Making our scrumdiddlyumptious smoothies and then evaluating them was lots of fun this afternoon.

07.02.2018 - Thinking of the ingredients we will need for our innovative smoothies and then working out how much they would cost.

07.02.2018 - Thinking of the ingredients we will need for our innovative smoothies and then working out how much they would cost. 1
07.02.2018 - Thinking of the ingredients we will need for our innovative smoothies and then working out how much they would cost. 2

07.02.2018 - In English we have been writing our own versions of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by changing the characters and ending into our individual ideas.

06.02.2018 - Safer Internet Day - How can online comments make others feel? The children were learning about how to be mindful of what they post online now and in the future.

06.02.2018 - Safer Internet Day - How can online comments make others feel? The children were learning about how to be mindful of what they post online now and in the future. 1
06.02.2018 - Safer Internet Day - How can online comments make others feel? The children were learning about how to be mindful of what they post online now and in the future. 2
06.02.2018 - Safer Internet Day - How can online comments make others feel? The children were learning about how to be mindful of what they post online now and in the future. 3
06.02.2018 - PSHE - What makes a good friend? We were talking about the qualities needed to be a good friend this week. How do we know if someone is a good friend or not? The children decided that you can tell by the things that they do. For example: random acts of kindness (Amirah), looking after someone who is hurt (Makkiyah), smiling at someone (Mikaeel), playing with someone (Maryam).

06.02.2018 - Which one would you choose? Today we were tasting smoothies and evaluating them. We looked at the nutritional content in terms of calorific value and sugar content and were surprised to learn that some of them contained up to 25% sugar. We decided that whilst they are healthy, we should only have the recommended serving size to ensure we don't consume too much sugar.

05.02.2018 - RE - We compared the story of Adam and Eve to A Pudding Like a Night on the Sea. The children discussed how believers find it easier to tell the truth and confess to something they have done wrong as God is omniscient (all-knowing) and so he already knows what they have done.

02.02.2018 - Our Science experiment was about how food can be changed by heating it. We found that some changes are reversible and some are irreversible. When chocolate is melted it is a reversible change and it was even better that we could eat it afterwards!

31.01.2018 - RE - A discussion about the consequences of our actions.

30.01.2018 - PSHE - What do we know about feelings?

25.01.2018 - Collective Worship - This week it was World Religion Day so we discussed the different religions that we know and how they share many similar values and beliefs.

24.01.2018 - Mastering division with our partners in Maths this week was challenging.

24.01.2018 - We've started making our sculptures of fruit using clay and papier mache. Now we have to wait for them to dry so that we can paint them.

23.01.2018 - PSHE - We thought about friendship and what it means to each of us. We created a mind map in each class.

23.01.2018 - Baking fairy cakes by following a recipe in Year 3 was fun this week. The cakes were extremely yummy too!

23.01.2018 - We have written our own food poems and were performing them this week.

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Another poetry video...

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19.01.2018 - Year 3 were all outside in the fresh air wearing our green clothes first thing this morning! It certainly blew away the cobwebs creating healthy minds and bodies!

18.01.2018 - Tasting different varieties of bread for Cornerstones to learn about new foods.

18.01.2018 - Using a new approach to learning how to divide has created some fantastic talking opportunities and great partner work this week.

18.01.2018 - Mmmmmm! It was yummy to try new and interesting vegetables today! The children loved the celeriac mash...Scrumdiddlyumptious!

16.01.2018 - PSHE was reminding us that there are No Outsiders at Alston Primary School. We listened to a story called 'The Hueys and the New Jumper' and discussed how it feels to be different and how others can make you have positive or negative feelings through their behaviour.

16.01.2018 - In RE this week we heard the story of 'The Black Stone' as part of our disposition about being fair and just.

15.01.2018 - Planning our food poems with inspiration from poet Spike Milligan's 'On the Ning Nang Nong' published in 1959.

15.01.2018 and 16.01.2018 Our memorable experience for our new topic was our walk to ALDI this week. The children learnt all about fruit,vegetables and bread by looking at the wide choice in the shop. They learnt about where the fruit and vegetables come from and how we can find out by looking at the labels on packaging.

12.01.2018 - Collective Worship - Happy New Year! What's your resolution? The children have been thinking of theirs today.

11.01.2018 - Collective Worship - There is Only One You has inspired all of the children when painting their stones. We are being mindful about how unique each one of us is.

11.01.2018 - Our UNICEF Outright work continues with us learning that the rights of refugee children need to be changed so that they can be with their extended family members such as grandparents.

10.01.2018 - A fruitastic start to our Cornerstones topic 'Scrumdiddlyumptious'.

09.01.2018 - RE this week started us thinking about the journey a refugee family might have to take. We watched a video about a Christian family and how it took them eight years from leaving The Congo to reaching the UK.
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